Tactical Strength Challenge History

The Tactical Strength Challenge began in 2002 when StrongFirst’s founder and Chairman, Pavel Tsatsouline, created it to help military and law enforcement personnel with their preparation for the physical demands of their duty. But what made the TSC so popular is that it brings out the perfect blend of strength and conditioning for all individuals—regardless of background, profession, gender, or size.

Representing each of StrongFirst’s three strength development modalities, the barbell deadlift favors heavier people, the tactical pull-up is easier for lighter-weight folks, and the kettlebell snatches represent the strength endurance component of a well-rounded strength and fitness profile.

The TSC is our triathlon. People train for it year-round, always attempting to beat their prior TSC’s numbers each April and October. The competition between athletes at the top of the leader boards is always fun to watch play out as scores are entered across the world (will Derek Toshner ever be beat?), but the true spirit of the challenge is in the progress of each individual—from attaining their very first pull-up to setting a new personal PR at each event to a room full of cheers…and ultimately advancing into ever-tougher divisions. This is an event worth training for.